James Garner 3rd from right.
1928 – 2014
Top 20 Performances
This weeks choice has been Requested by Melanie B Cee of sparksfromacombustiblemind
A Man Could Get Killed 1966 – 5/20
This silly send-up of spy and suspense movies focuses on William Beddoes (James Garner), an American businessman traveling in Lisbon, who is mistaken for a British secret agent. When shady characters such as Antonio (Tony Franciosa) and Celeste da Costa (Melina Mercouri) come to believe that Beddoes is carrying a caché of valuable diamonds, he is pursued through a variety of gorgeous Mediterranean locales, aided by beautiful blonde Amy Franklin (Sandra Dee).
Grand Prix 1966 – 6/20
The most daring drivers in the world have gathered to compete for the 1966 Formula One championship. After a spectacular wreck in the first of a series of races, American wheelman Pete Aron (James Garner) is dropped by his sponsor. Refusing to quit, he joins a Japanese racing team. While juggling his career with a torrid love affair involving an ex-teammate’s wife, Pete must also contend with Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), a French contestant who has previously won two world titles.
Duel at Diablo 1966 – 7/20
Apache Natives are after Ellen (Bibi Andersson), her baby, and her husband, William (Dennis Weaver). The family crosses paths with Jess (James Garner), a man who is trying to find out who killed his own wife, a Native American woman. He begins to travel with the couple, but the trailing Apaches soon chase them all into a canyon. Jess is able to escape the situation and alert nearby soldiers. In the process, he also discovers a shocking revelation about his wife’s death.
Marlowe 1969 – 8/20
Mysterious Orfamay Quest (Sharon Farrell) hires Los Angeles private investigator Philip Marlowe (James Garner) to find her missing brother, Orrin. Though the job seems simple enough, it leads Marlowe into the underbelly of the city, turning up leads who are murdered with ice picks, exotic dancers (Rita Moreno), blackmailed television stars (Gayle Hunnicutt) and self-preserving gangsters (H. M. Wynant). Soon, Marlowe’s life is on the line right along with his case.
So there we go folks, our second part to James Garner Week!
More tomorrow – This weeks choice has been Requested by Melanie B Cee of sparksfromacombustiblemind